Anyone for BioEconomy?

This meeting is related to the HUGO meeting in Montpellier. Here's some information from the organisers:

One of the greatest promises of science today is for the harnessing of living processes for human health, for bioenergy, for environmental remediation, and for food production.

One possibility is that the new bioeonomy will be fundamentally based on genomics, genomic reconstruction, and computational systems biology. This symposium will examine the advancement of such genomic technologies and related bioinformatics platform, related economic opportunities in the internet, reconstruction of new organisms and the unlimited opportunities for enterprises to support discovery, production and services in this arena such as biofuels and genetically engineered food products.

HUGO, OECD and MRC have joined force to analyse this problem and to develop an analytical paper on the topic. This symposium will launch this effort.

If you would like more information, the website is here:


Anonymous said...


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Fifty Million Lost Lives Since 1973
By Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D.
By the time you read this sentence, America will have passed a tragic, momentous, and most sobering milestone. Within a day or two of January 22, 2008, the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, baby number 50,000,000 will have been sacrificed on the altar of Roe v. Wade.
The magnitude of the killing is staggering. Fifty million represents a population greater than any state, greater than California (36 million), greater than the next two largest states—Texas and New York—combined (23 million and 19 million, respectively). In fact, if you combined the entire populations of all of the 25 states with the fewest people, it still would not equal 50 million.
Of course, the issue isn’t numbers. Each abortion represents at least one lost life and what may be a deeply wounded woman’s soul. Families, too, suffer, and society itself pays a dear price, with lost innovation, productivity, and creativity.
How many great books, symphonies, films have been lost? How many profitable businesses never came to be? What if we aborted the child who would have found the cure for cancer? How much love and laughter has the world been deprived of?
The annual toll has slowed down, thanks to the hard work of pro-lifers. The cumulative number was increasing by 1.6 million a year as recently as 1990. Today, the annual number is less than 1.3 million, still a ghastly figure, but a definite improvement. Pro-lifers have changed minds and changed hearts by legislation, education, and outreach.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the abortion rate (the number of abortions per thousand women of childbearing age) for 2004, the latest date for which we have national statistics, was 16. That rate reached 25 in 1980 and stayed in the 20s up through 1997.
The last time the abortion rate was lower than it is today was in 1973, the first year of Roe, when it was 14. (See sidebar for more details on how numbers are obtained and calculated.)
Abortion rates are affected by pregnancy rates and population shifts both within and without the age bracket. However, abortion ratios reveal the increasing prevalence of life-affirming choices among America’s pregnant women. (The CDC reaches its abortion ratio figure by comparing the number of abortions versus the number of live births.)

台灣的101 said...

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